Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Challenge Time-SDC76

Hi there! My last post for the month is up at Stampotique. We are wrapping! My directions for this cool gift wrap along with more photos, are on the site so check it out here. If you want to do the challenge you can go to the designer challenge site here.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


This was an art journal background page that I had done ages ago & it was just waiting for something to come along. It was waiting for the "Smushasha" stamp by Daniel Torrente over at Stampotique. She is awesome & creepy-love her! Reminds me of the mermaid creatures from Harry Potter. I had done layers of paint on top of a dictionary paper & added cheesecloth with some mica bits-making it look like a fishing net. My octopus friend (another of Daniels) is stamped on glossy card stock and actually painted with alcohol inks-he looks pretty cool in real life. A bit of random stamping & some splashes of crackle paint, the page is done! I have a layout up (under the sea) using the same stamps at Stampotique designers challenge today if you want to check it out here.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Project Life Journal Cards

 I was playing with my Stampotique stamps & decided to make some journal cards. Super easy-paper, some stenciling & a stamp.
  I have a stack of these ready to go when I need them. This is also a fun way to play with new stamps when you get them home.
I use them for scrapbook layouts & now project life- also a quick way to customize my journal cards. Imagine all the possibilities!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stampotique Design #1

I am thrilled to be the designer of the month over on the Stampotique blog. Here is my first project I did for them. My next one will be up on the 14th of November.

For step by step directions go to the my Stampotique post here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Collage Attempt

I want to do more magazine collage. Mainly because my students have a real interest in it so I need to practice! Here we go. My background was mainly a wipe off page that I added stamping to. I picked my images (love the gecko) and assembled them. Added some doodling and my saying. I used the sharpie poster markers for the doodles which work great on the slick magazine prints. I definitely think I need more practice!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Class with Dina

 In September my best bud Suzie- My Time To Play - & I journeyed to NYC to take a class with Dina Wakely at the Ink Pad. Here is the inky fun layout I did about the class. It is taken on Hipstamatic so the quality is funky (love it). What I really like about this layout was I took photos of my background that we did in class and printed them out on paper, than lined them up on the left hand side of the layout. I also took a business card from the store, distressed it & than burned the edges-totally love this!!!! I have a feeling I will be burning more in the future. Of course being safety girl I had water at the ready so as not to burn down my scraproom! The photos were taken by Suzie. We had a great time in the class & learned how to make the cutest book. In fact my 8yr old Trinny & I have been working on another one together. Dina did a great job teaching, and Suzie got her hands covered in ink. What more could you ask for?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Purple Funk

I have been in a purple funk lately- maybe it is the weather. Fall makes me sad & overwhelmed. Add to it Hurricane Sandy and I am blablabla. In honor of my purple funk-(sometimes it is good to wallow) and because I have nothing to complain about compared to those poor folks in NJ/NY many who have had devastating losses or are suffering from the basic necessities...I am going to art my funk away with daily art in November. No extra pressure as that is not what I need but just some fun play time everyday to get me back on track. Here is my second day (my first will show up later in the month on the Stampotique blog). 

 I took already made background paper & turned it into a tag. Made me feel great to use up some stash (crazy right?).
One of the questions I get asked a lot in my art journal classes is "what do I write about?". I love quotes and often I will use a quote to prompt the journal writing. I thought today, what about journaling on a tag? What about making your tag personal? My daughter is totally obsessed with The Warriors books so that became the theme for my tag. They are about cats and conveniently Stampotique has this awesome little cat stamp. My tag is heavily painted so to help kitty show up I smeared some gesso in the space where he was going-helps the little guy stand out. 
Now maybe my tag will make it onto a scrapbook page! Have fun today & art.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stampotique Yay!

I am thrilled to be the Stampotique designer for the month of November. I am going to be playing with their stamps & posting some fun stuff in the next couple of days! Check out the announcement here.


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